Chatham crash leads to OUI arrest; Smoke shrouds P'town resort; Landscaper airlifted with severe foot injury; 3rd OUI offense in Yarmouth

Chatham crash leads to OUI arrest

The driver of a Toyota 4runner was arrested on suspicion of OUI after crashing into a SUV in Chatham.
CHATHAM - Around 8 p.m. Tuesday in front of 1118 Main Street (Route 28) an alleged drunk driver sideswiped an oncoming Land Rover. The male driver of a Toyota 4runner was placed under arrest and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after he failed a sobriety test. The unidentified suspect stands handcuffed next to a Chatham officer (above right). The driver of the Land Rover was evaluated by Chatham rescuers but did not need medical attention.

(Story and photos by Jake O'Callaghan).

Backed up fireplace shrouds Cape-tip resort in smoke

Smoke billows from the Sandcastle Resort in Provincetown from a backed up fireplace.
PROVINCETOWN - A scary scene as firefighters arrived at the Sandcastle Resort in Provincetown about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Smoke was pouring from the sprawling time-share resort at 928 Commercial Street (Route 6A). District Chief Gerard Menangas was first to arrive and ordered mutual aid to start responding because it was feared people might be trapped.

Once firefighters were able to gear up and get inside they determined a large fireplace in the basement had backed up and they were able t0  get the situation quickly under control. No injuries were reported.

The second rear building at the complex was the scene of a spectacular multi-alarm blaze in the mid 70s. (Story and photos by Tim Caldwell).

Landscaper airlifted with severe foot injury
CWN Team coverage by Kevin Morley and Jake O'Callaghan
Rescuers transport victim to MedFlight helicopter.

dennis100207bDENNIS – At 1:42 p.m. Tuesday, the Dennis Fire Department was summoned to 40 Forest Pines Drive in East Dennis to attend to a landscaper from Cory's Custom Landscaping who sustained a severe foot injury while operating a riding lawn mower.

Medics at the scene judged the injury severe enough to warrant air evacuation to Boston. (At right: Victim is transferred from ambulance to MedFlight stretcher.)

The MedFlight helicopter was notified and routed to a rendezvous at the Charles W. Tripp softball field on Seaside Avenue near Corporation Beach in the village of Dennis.

At the landing zone, the victim, 21-year-old Mark Hufnagel of West Harwich, was transferred from the ambulance to the helicopter, which lifted off at 2:22  p.m. headed for the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dennis Police and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are investigating.

(Top and upper right photos by Kevin Morley. Bottom right photo by Jake O'Callaghan [click side images to enlarge]).

Man arrested in Falmouth after alleged crime spree
- A Bourne man faces numerous charges after events in two towns. It started with Falmouth Police being called to the Gosnold treatment center where 21-year-old Zachery Wallace was allegedly being disruptive to other patients. He was taken to the Falmouth Police Station where he reportedly attempted to escape at least once and refused repeated requests from police to stop masturbating in the lockup.

Police later learned Wallace had reportedly stolen a car in Bourne after allegedly breaking into a relative's home and stealing some checks. Wallace was charged with larceny of a motor vehicle, obstructing a medical facility, resisting arrest, escaping from a municipal lockup, wanton destruction of property, open and gross lewdness, breaking and entering, larceny under $250, malicious destruction of property, uttering a false check, and disorderly conduct (2 counts). Wallace was due to be arraigned Tuesday in Falmouth District Court.

Yarmouth Police arrest man on 3rd OUI offense
- An erratic-operating complaint led to a Yarmouth man being arrested and charged with under the influence of alcohol, third offense. An off-duty firefighter made the report while following a 1999 Saab as it allegedly repeatedly crossed the yellow centerlines around 9:20 p.m. Monday.  Yarmouth Police Patrol Officers Raymond A. Scichilone and David S. Dickey Sr. intercepted the vehicle, confirmed the erratic operation and stopped it on Route 28 near the intersection of Commercial Street in South Yarmouth.

Dickey encountered the driver, identified as 56-year-old John A. Okane of South Yarmouth, and determined that he had been drinking alcoholic beverages.  After failing a series of standardized field sobriety tests, police said, Okane was arrested and taken to Yarmouth Police Headquarters. He was held in custody overnight and is scheduled for arraignment this morning in the Barnstable District Court. (Mugshot furnished by YPD).

Child Protection Program Offered at Yarmouth Seaside Festival
-On Saturday, Oct. 6 Yarmouth police will conduct a child protection identification program at the annual Town of Yarmouth Seaside Festival fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The free event is open to all members of the public and will feature the Masonic Child Identification Program (CHIP) specially designed for children in age groups of K-12.

CHIP provides parents with four methods for finding and identifying their children:

• Tooth print impression
• DNA swab
• Videotape interview with the child
• Child's fingerprints

Parents retain all the materials for safekeeping.

This important event is part of a unified child-protection effort occurring throughout New England and is sponsored by the Massachusetts Freemasons, the Massachusetts Dental Society, the Massachusetts Crime Prevention Officers Association and the Yarmouth Police Department. More than 200,000 children in Massachusetts have already participated.

For additional information please contact Yarmouth Police Lieutenant Steven G. Xiarhos at 508-775-0445 ext. 150 or visit

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